Lunar Eclipse 2021 Date, timing: Sky gazers will be able able to see a total lunar eclipse on May 26, 2021, which is tomorrow. This phenomenon is also called a Blood Moon as the moon appears slightly reddish-orange in colour. It is important to note that a total lunar eclipse is taking place for the first time since January 21, 2019.
The total lunar eclipse takes place when the Earth comes between the sun and the moon, blocking the sun’s rays from directly reaching the Moon. In contrast, the solar eclipse takes place when the moon comes between the Earth and the sun to cast a shadow on the Earth blocking the rays of the Sun.
A lunar #eclipse is sometimes called a “blood moon,” but the actual source of the red color is quite gentle: it’s light filtered through all the sunrises and sunsets on Earth. Here’s our video guide to #LunarEclipse2021 and how to see it on May 26: https://t.co/sDNOcwAxcF pic.twitter.com/cNYkKLCPho
— NASA Solar System (@NASASolarSystem) May 24, 2021
The first total lunar eclipse of 2021 is set to take place on May 26. The lunar eclipse will be visible in East Asia, Australia, the Pacific, and America. It will also be visible from some parts of the Pacific, the Atlantic, and the Indian oceans. It is important to note that the eclipse will not be visible in India. This year’s first total lunar eclipse will start at 2:17 pm as per Indian Standard Timing (IST) and be visible until 7:19 pm.
A Lunar eclipse only occurs at Full Moon. This is when the Moon passes through some portion of Earth’s shadow which is composed of two cone-shaped components. The outer shadow is a zone where the Earth blocks part of the Sun’s rays from reaching the Moon, while the inner or umbral shadow is a zone where the Earth blocks all direct sunlight from reaching the Moon.